The Popeye's Bahamas Bowl trophy that WMU's football team earned by beating Middle Tennessee St. 45-31 on Christmas Eve, will be on display at various location around Kalamazoo beginning Monday, March 21st..

"It was a day of ‘nevers’ for Western Michigan.

 

"Jamauri Bogan ran for a career-high 215 yards and four touchdowns to power the Broncos to a 45-31 victory over Middle Tennessee." The Bahamas Bowl press release recapped.

 

“This is what ‘Row the Boat’ is all about,” WMU head coach P.J. Fleck said. “This is why it was invented. This is what it’s for. There was all types of adversity in that football game that our kids could have given up, could have folded. Two years ago, we probably would have. Last year, we would have done it some of the time. This year, no way.

 

“The schedule was built to accomplish ‘nevers’. And we just accomplished two more – first back-to-back eight-win seasons in program history and the first bowl game championship in program history. I think that makes the ninth never we’ve accomplished, which is absolutely incredible.”

According to the WMU Broncos website, here's the tour schedule.

March 21 – Lake Michigan Credit Union (Portage Branch Centre Avenue)
March 22 – ECCU (9th street branch)
March 24 – First National Bank (West Michigan Avenue Downtown branch)
March 28 – SportClips (West Main location)
March 29 – Greenleaf Trust (Downtown Kalamazoo)
March 30 – Discover Kalamazoo (Downtown Kalamazoo)
March 31 – Mercantile Bank (Downtown Kalamazoo)
April 4 - MC Sports (Portage)
April 5 – Old Goat Tavern (West Michigan Avenue)
April 6 – Main Street Pub (West Main Street)
April 7 – Radisson (Downtown Kalamazoo)
April 11 - MC Sports (Kalamazoo)
April 12 – Little Caesars (Woodbridge Shopping Center location in Portage)
April 13 – University Roadhouse (Western Michigan University campus)
April 14 – Kalamazoo Battle Creek International Airport

Fans can also come to Waldo Stadium on Nekton Neon Night, Friday April 1 and the Spring Game on April 16 to see the trophy.

Ironically, the trophy is not schedule to appear at Popeye's here.